The United States Navy celebrates the eighty-fifth anniversary of its founding
The United States Navy was founded when the Continental Congress established a Naval Committee to prepare the Revolution to make war at sea against Great Britain. Eighty-five years later it was largely at war with itself, with officer corps and infrastructure split between North and South. (By John Osborne)
Norman Polmar, The Navy Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet ( Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute, 2005), 32.